Living far from home can be lonely, especially in a foreign country. To survive I have relied on friendships. This Christmas was no different.
(I meant to post this a month ago)
I was invited to have Christmas in Roppongi Mid-Town with my friends. They reserved a table at the Outback Steakhouse there.
My husband was willingly to drop me off, but only if I went earlier. So here’s how I ended up at Mid-Town around noon.
The skylight had water running across it.
Instructions for the Christmas Illuminations that evening. While wandering about, a kind tourist information center rep advised me to go at 4:30 pm. If I waited until 5pm the wait to see the lights would be over 2 hours. Thirty minutes makes a heck of a difference!
They had a small Christmas market set up in the Midtown.
I went into the beautifully decorated Dean and Deluca, drawn by the Red Velvet coffee advertisements. Mmm… coffee.
The cinnamon roll was pretty yummy. They heated it up for me so the icing was very drizzly.
My red velvet latte. The only problem is that it was so sweet and in combo with the cinnamon roll lost it’s flavor. I should have just chosen one.
My friend, S, came early to hang out with me in Roppongi and she brought me a beautiful Christmas present from Germany.
She explained what each gift meant. Apparently, in Germany giving fruit on Christmas is an old tradition. Since fruit used to be hard to get in winter, it was a treat to receive it.
The sunlight hit the gardens around Midtown at the perfect angle.
Here is where the illumination would be. This is the main event of the evening. I’ll post a video later with the light show.
After enjoying the Christmas Illumination we explored Roppongi for an hour and then headed for the Outback Steakhouse for this. It’s a traditional Christmas meal, I swear. *winky face*
Ancient Christmas drink, I swear.
And that was how I spent Christmas in Japan.
I took so many photos of the Christmas spectacle that I’ll put that in a separate post. It’s hard to believe how fast time is flying by. I’m rushing to my next birthday fast.